SpokenWord open mic au Chat Noir every Monday from 8th January 2018.
AWOL Writers’ Group at Shakes & Co every Sunday from 7th January.
SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday au Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.
Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.
Some podcasts from Monday nights au Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.
Starts again 4th Sept. Then every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.
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AWOL Writers’ Group – free!
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description Join us afterwards for a drink.
Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.
Tommy Sissons is a 22-year-old award-winning poet and playwright. He is the 2014 Slambassadors national slam champion, runner-up in the 2016 Roundhouse Poetry Slam and a two-time regional Hammer and Tongue slam champion. He has performed in venues across the UK such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Roundhouse Theatre and the Birmingham Reparatory Theatre, in addition to festivals such as Latitude, Bestival, Camp Bestival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Boomtown. He is also the narrator of Channel 4’s award-winning TV series ‘Four to the Floor’. Other clients of his include BBC Radio 1, Red Bull, VICE Magazine, the Imperial War Museum, the National Trust and the Guardian. His poetry has been studied by creative writing and literature students at the University of Trier in Germany and in addition to this, he has taught spoken word at the V&A Museum and a variety of educational institutes across the country. His debut poetry collection ‘Goodnight Son’ was published by Bx3/Burning Eye Books in June 2016 and his debut album ‘We Were All Mud and Halos’ was released via QM Records in January 2018.
Rob Reeves is a poet and musician who splits his time between Northamptonshire and Leicester. In October 2016, he was commissioned by BBC Local to write a poem for National Poetry Day on a subject connected to Northamptonshire. Focusing on the local shoe industry, Rob wrote ‘To a Shoe’, the resulting video of which has had over 36,000 views on Facebook. Rob started writing poetry in 2012 when he was taking his MA in Modern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, where he is now currently taking his PhD in Creative Writing. Rob writes about the important things in life – relationships, drinking, shoes – as well as anything else that takes his fancy. His PhD thesis is a creative work on themes of isolation in the modern world. He tends not to perform these poems though as people are generally out for a good night and he doesn’t want to ruin it. In 2013, he moved to Paris where he first began performing poetry at SpokenWord Paris. After returning to the UK, he set up his own spoken word and poetry night, Run Your Tongue, which has since seen Attila the Stockbroker, Jonah Matranga, Ash Dickinson, Mark Grist and Jess Green all come through its doors as well as providing a platform for local poets, comedians and musicians. What seems a lifetime ago now, he – along with his band – toured with Napalm Death and Megadeth, played at Reading and Leeds festivals and supported Slayer at Wembley Arena. His music has somewhat mellowed out since then, mainly because it’s just him now and he can’t make as much noise on his own. His first collection of poetry, Some Poems, is now available through 3P Publishing, and an EP of songs entitled Some Songs will be released in March 2018.
Daniel Wilner is a degenerate and a gentleman. Known as Uncle Lush, he comprises one half of the Brooklyn-based rap group Brotherz Grimm, and has performed at NYC open mics like the Nuyorican, The Art of Lyrics, and End of the Weak, as well as Paris Lit Up for the past year. He is a slang aficionado and battle rap manufacturer, ill drunken master of freestyling, and all around pretty nice guy.
The sketch, ”Luigi and the Sad-Eyed Lady” written by Nick Calderbank, features:
Carey Downer is a British/Canadian Actress with a wide range of experience in radio,theatre and music. She has worked with several companies on internal communication projects as a voice over artist for internal videos/ Management interviews and also in general advertising for companies such as l’Oreal and Bull. She is a founder member of “Break-a-leg”, an English language Theatre Association producing Comedies in Paris by writers such as Willy Russell, Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. Nowadays, Carey very much enjoys performing and writing comic sketches on stage and in private soirees and writes short stories and plays for children. She is also often involved in staged play readings for “Moving Parts” and “Theatre Metropole”.
Henri Rizk is a French actor used to working in English and in Italian. He
was trained at the Theatre le Hangar in Toulouse and at a multidisciplinary Drama School in Paris where he had Valérie Antonijevich as a Drama teacher. He has worked with her on several Contemporary writings. Henri loves comedy and, in fact, his first acting experience was in Commedia dell’Arte play, he has also worked in vaudevilles of Labiche, in The Dragon (Evguéni Schwartz) and in some sketches for the screen. He also performs regularly in Theatrical tours in touristic areas of Paris.As well as comedic roles, he also likes performing more dramatic parts, as he did in many short films such as : a maffioso in Family Day (Jean-Charles Charavin), or a lonely man in Apparition (Denis Dobrovda) He has done many workshops with Nadine George’s Voice Studio International in London, thanks to which he met Laurent Courtin who directed him in Seneca’s Phedra.
Lorenzo Antoniucci is an Italian actor and writer. He worked with several companies on ancient Greek’s and modern-absurd theatre. In Paris he founded the theatre collective “Leonardo Da Vinci” with the American author, Jason F. Mc Gimsey. Nowadays he often performs as poet and actor at Paris’ Le Cabaret Populaire, Culture Rapide.
Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope. His latest collection is Intersection, a poetic and visual architecture of space and memory created together with artist Nicola Anthony. He has published seven volumes of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken-word performance bookings both locally and overseas.
Matthew Silver is a performance artist from New York City who plays a “village idiot” character, acting as a “clown” and “trickster” in order to parody social norms. He has been in several viral videos in which he performs his antics.
Host and editor at Paris Lit Up and pianist and mouth harpist for Idiot Waltz, Ed Bell has his ass between two chairs. Sprinkle theatrical ambitions into the mix, and you have a disaster musical waiting to happen. Ferociously juggling elements of melody, perception, rhythm, colouring, depth, nonchalance and the wrongs man hands on to man, the ensemble will resonate in your mind, like the echoes of footfalls in an immemorial past.
Dividing his time between the United States and France, James Berg performs as a poet, musician, and storyteller. He ‘poems’ on a vintage Brother typewriter in museums, galleries, and events as part of the collaborative, Poems While You Wait. His songwriting, also collaborative, has been produced by Americana folk/rock musicians and was included in Old Shoe’s Family, named by WXRT as Chicago’s best album of the year. James teaches college literature and writing courses. He’s finishing an MFA at Northwestern University. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are available at Shakespeare and Company and bookshop in Paris and elsewhere.
Ryan Hamilton is a 24 year old poet, father to his son, Zayn, and student in West Virginia who believes in the power of love. His two books “A Real Love Story” (2012) “Let’s Change the World: The Misfit Kid” (2017) are proof of his dedication to writing and his desire to reach out to others that he might make a difference in this world. He has performed at poetry clubs, schools,on television, in malls, hotels, bookstores and book festivals Just five years ago he was selling his poetry in pamphlet-form to random people on the streets.”So, this is really important to me” he says. He hopes you will come join him this Monday at SpokenWord. Says Ryan, ”I can’t believe that now ,I’m actually getting the opportunity.